― Ayi Kwei Armah,
― Ayi Kwei Armah,
Time is my lover
It is my friend
It speeds the necessity of flow
Within the veins of all that will be..
all that is known
we once were romantic lovers
we both figured out very early
Sentimentality isn’t the strongest of bonds for us to be in
it’s not real enough for us
we both became disappointed quite easily
So we decided to yield to our natural waves
within vibrational love
In knowing that time only tells with this one life.
Times intention for me is always in lifting me up
To be greater than what I can see within the moment
it’s within that moment I’m able to lay seeds
for the future tense and only time allows me to see
for me..I respect the laws of it’s frequency
It’s the angel of stillness upon a frosted corner in the middle of a lonely night when only the sounds of nature and the spirit world are active.
it allows me to be courageous
It’s my navigation system within a jungle of oppressive systems
it allows me to be resilient
It’s the brilliant sunbeams that feed my melanin energy at the calm of every story that my ancestors have transmitted unto my DNA
it allows me to create
I allow it to love me
Is my lover
It’s my friend
It’s my twin soul experience of what was before and everything that comes after it
it’ will be my forever meantime
Time is my everything…
Tonight I am writing out my year long intentions that I will focus on throughout the year. These are areas within my life that I’m passionate about and would like to see grow:
Wish me the best or you can join me!
Inspired by adrienne maree brown author of “emergent strategy” and “octavia’s brood”
image credit by artxman “opulence”
Digital Pedagogy Lab fellowship question for 2017
In the length of a single tweet (280 characters), offer your definition of Critical Digital Pedagogy. Include text here, or tweet and share a link. *
Critical Digital Pedagogy is laboratory where one questions and find answers, and the place where visions of theory and praxis come together. Through liberation in thinking it allows human understanding to take place. It is the heartbeat of critical thinking- the longing of how life works within and outside the digital realm. It is freedom. – remixed from bell hooks critical thinking
Please give us a little background about yourself in the form of links to your work online or a short overview of your pedagogical interests. *
Well in short, I’m Keesa V. Johnson and I’m an avant garde thinker, culture creative, and edge designer (big smile). I’m very excited to apply for a Digital Pedagogy fellowship. It fits well with my illuminating personality. Majority of my life I’ve been managing, orchestrating, creating, designing and exploring various types of learning environments. My discipline knowledge as well as praxis is in theater immersion, media & information, serious game design/research as well as foresight. I’ve created several online graduate programs, certificates, digital badging credentials, and managed various MOOCs on Canvas, Edx, and Coursera. I’m known for my pivotal roles in co-creating Multimedia Online Learning Immersive Experiences (M.O.L.I.Es – MSU Zombie Course, MSU Combat Vets– Embracing the Stories of War, and MSU Food Futures) using immersive learning (simulations, scenarios, and role playing) pop culture, digital storytelling, digital branding, infused with“critical” pedagogical theories to build these transformative spaces. Yes, I’m what you would coin as many of us are a “new learner”. I’ve won various american advertising awards plus innovation and instructional technology awards for my collaborative works. My design philosophy is Ubuntu, which is an African thought system grounded in what it means to be truly human. It translates, “I am because you are, you are because I am.” Here to make visions come to life. Ready to be apart of something transcending. Looking forward in learning and growing from the digital pedagogy lab.
As a DPL Fellow, you may have the opportunity to present a 75-minute workshop. Please include a title and a short description for a workshop you might lead. *
Critical Learning – the emergence of passion, love, and the power of critical thinking
“Critical learning” is the essence of teaching and learning. It is the simple connections created that allows all learning to happen despite the complexity of your surroundings, space, and time. It is the capacity to determine “what is significant” which is central to the process of critical thinking (elder,2011). This immersive workshop will take the participants upon a collective journey identifying critical learning connections while building a space for emergence. Using a variety of mediums (twitter, poetry, video, music, etc) we will discuss various issues infused with popular culture contexts:
The end result: A divergent story that will breath life into an emergent strategy (Adrienne Maree Brown) for the participants. This is the beginning story plan of our journey as a collective throughout for 1 year of your willing participation within the digital pedagogy lab.
Hope you will join me.
Keesa V. Johnson
The old sound of chains
No black woman’s voice for nurturing
Using a so called black boy’s mane
To allow the black woman to be forgotten.
As the “so called” liberal whore is there for the usage
labeling it “diversity”
In the war of
fucked up thinking
As the old crew of imperialism, capitalism, patriarchy, laughs, back bites, during golf or cigars
always pushing their personal agendas forward
Welcome to the “ game of orgs”
Winter is coming
it’s about who gets what when, and how from
accessibility, diversity and inclusion are root words for keep it going…standardization
within bastardized personal learning language
algorithms of homo sapien futurizing
that same ole shit
instead of New World, New Sound, New Thought, New Definitions that’s that “creative science” shit that’s embedded in African Thought Systems
leadership masquerading as management
buzz world ritual management until it chokes
all the impactful creating from
learners as individuals
This is the “enlightenment” era of Ed technology
So everyone’s a casualty
Without the money, power, and title…really?
In this age, in this stage of the original man thinking…
Yet entrepreneurship is the new mindset for learners
creativity as passive language
This system doesn’t want that shit!!!!
Let’s be realistic
augmenting the new workers
rejecting their own humanity
for a quick fix of the latest technology
mass producing non critical thinkers
to make it happen within the same old pipeline
delivered personally under innovation and obedience
SHHHHH…don’t make no waves
SHHHHH…just do what’s required
be apart of the “buzz world” of non producing
only paper documents are required and a checklist if it was done or not
SHHHHH ignore the code of genius inside of you.
You’ll keep your job.
The broken clock of toxic work environments
Growing up, I was never taught the notion that education was limited. I was taught that it was a source of freedom. A freedom of curiosity, pleasure, fun, resiliency, and unlimited imagination. It will always be a place of love for me as it is the strongest form of self validation for me. As I’ve gotten older and have become educated with the system. This system is not the same….
questions not welcomed
curiosity is absurd
deep thinking isn’t required
is our goal
cognitive diversity is constantly ignored
is not inclusive
teaching styles are equated with serving others
leadership is fueled by fear of being extraordinary
backbiting or being silent is the way to the top
There’s no room for shared values or beliefs
Only a select few can determine this culture
while others are robbed
of their uniqueness
with names spelled incorrectly
perceptions fueled by mis-education
is now the rule of the land.
I was always taught a name is worth more than gold
hearing such thoughts
who you are doesn’t meet the noted standard of mediocrity
the very pulse of the environment
a constant drink of mixed abuse
among group think
The status quo
is about ruler ship
lack of accountability
yet the tone is set about
being better than everyone else
Who do you serve amongst this polarized view of reality??
will always be the goal
unmuted static tone
Image by Jean-Michel Basquiat
College is expensive and tremendously time consuming. I’m still paying back student loans from my Bachelors degree and at this point in the game who has time to work and go to school? Loans are forever on your back like a prison number so why would I want to continually go into debt when my skills continue to grow from experience and self learning?
A micro-masters might be the way to go.
Currently, I’m exploring the EdX micro-master series because I prefer their interface and instructional flow. It can be static learning for some if you don’t immerse yourself into the content to use for practical usage and reflection.
I say 20% due to the fact you may want your efforts recognized at work. The best thing that will come out of it is new tools to re-imagine your life and work.
edX MicroMasters has a great array of top knotch universities to choose from for Free Learning or affordable paid credential:
WHO can beat the price of $1045-$1200 for a credential that also is equivalent to 8-12 credit hours towards a masters degree!! Education is changing and learning is at the center point! I’m willing to experiment, learn, apply, and it’s worth every bit of no debt! Are you? Love to hear your thoughts.
*NOTE: There’s various educational and learning models to think about when approaching learning. No path is a requirement towards success. Success is solely defined by the individual learner. Be mindful, humble, open, strategic, and compassionate to yourself on your learning journey.*
Currently reviewing MS degrees that will get me to the finish line inexpensively! #lifelonglearner
Resources and thoughts to think about: